The ME S-STEM Scholarship Program hosted a lab visit this past Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, to all the undergraduate in the ME department. The enthusiasm from ME students was evident. Before the lab visit starting at 12 noon, there was a long line of undergraduate students outside of Dr. Deepa Madan's laboratory, waiting to sign up for the lab tour. Almost 60 ME undergraduate students attended the lab tour.
Great turn-out at Dr. Madan’s lab tour
ME S-STEM Scholarship Program hosted a lab visit in ENG 113
Dr. Madan, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and co-Director of the ME S-STEM Scholarship Program, has prepared the in-depth lab tour aiming at maximizing information students can get as well as balancing depth with broadness of the topics. Dr. Madan and her graduate students first showed individual research projects, then Dr. Madan gave a powerpoint presentation on how thermoelectric devices work in generating energy (electricity) taking advantage of hot and cold sources. Most importantly, she described medical applications in which those devices can be used. The lab tour concluded with individual discussions between students and Dr. Madan in small groups, allowing students to ask questions not only to individual projects, but also on how to pursue research as an undergraduate students in the department.
Based on the students' feedback, more than 95% of the students are satisfied with the lab tours, and they are more interested in having research experience than that before the tour. Almost all of them want to participate lab tours in the future if it is available. Students also provided suggestions to improve the lab tours, including having a larger room, decreasing noise level, and limiting the total number of attendees.
->-> Stay tuned for more events!
->-> More details on the Mechanical Engineering (ME) S-STEM Program: https://me-stem.umbc.edu/